ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio) \
plural amenities

Definition of amenity

1 : something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment hotels with modern amenities providing residents with the basic amenities
2 usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships maintaining social amenities
3a : the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1) : the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2) : a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

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Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior
Recent Examples on the Web The lighted sledding hill features a tow rope -- an amenity not typically found at area hills. cleveland, "Embrace the snow: Winter fun awaits just east of the city," 29 Dec. 2020 The Louisiana Legislature will have to create the rules governing the practice, and advocates hope sports wagering will be an amenity that will attract new customers. David Jacobs, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana casino sector's slide continues," 29 Dec. 2020 The pandemic has turned the housing market chaotic, with suburban single-family homes shooting up in value while the darlings of the tech boom — the amenity-rich urban towers — have seen declines in rents and pricing. J.k. Dineen,, "Short-term future of S.F. housing stormy, but sun will come out eventually," 28 Dec. 2020 An amenity-rich, seven-bedroom main house is surrounded by three guesthouses, orchards, a working barn and trails for hiking and riding. New York Times, "The Most Popular Listings of November," 24 Dec. 2020 Choose between car-camping sites and amenity-rich yurt rentals. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Nature Is in Charge at Glacier National Park," 18 Dec. 2020 The initial properties released included the community’s first 267 homesites, which are situated near the new amenity area. Dallas News, "Community gets ready to welcome first residents," 11 Oct. 2020 The Chateau Marmont Hotel, Cottages and Bungalows in Hollywood now provides free Covid-19 PCR tests with a 24-hour turnaround as part of its amenity package. NBC News, "Newest amenity at hotels? Covid-19 test at check-in or before your flight," 31 Dec. 2020 The eighth floor amenity deck has even more outdoor space, with outdoor fire pits, grilling areas, seating and lush landscaping. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas’ new Eastline residential tower has SMU views and DART line at the door," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of amenity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for amenity

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

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The first known use of amenity was in the 14th century

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Amenity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce amenity (audio) How to pronounce amenity (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amenity

: something that makes life easier or more pleasant


ame·​ni·​ty | \ ə-ˈmen-ə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) , -ˈmē- \
plural amenities

Kids Definition of amenity

1 : the quality or characteristic of being pleasant or agreeable
2 amenities plural : something that makes life easier or more pleasant Our hotel has many amenities.

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